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Travel Infographic: Holiday Travel Tips and Cheapest Days to Fly

If you’ve found it increasingly difficult to lock in cheap airfare this holiday season, you’re not alone. The average domestic airfare is $414, up nine percent year-over-year and up nearly six percent for international airfare at an average of $990.  But while the numbers don’t lie, there are still some popular routes that are coming in well below the national average, like Los Angeles to Denver ($312) and South Florida to New York City ($272).  All is not lost, my friends.

No matter where you’re travelling this holiday season, the secret to savings is flexibility. Check out this infographic for more tips on holiday travel.

The 2012 Turkey Travel Matrix: Cheapest Days to Fly

We’ve noticed that many of you haven’t booked your Thanksgiving travel yet. Here’s a little insider tip: fares are up 9% this year and demand for holiday travel is always high, so don’t wait to book your flight home. You’re unlikely to find deep last-minute discounts. There are other ways, though, to score great deals this Thanksgiving and one of the best is to be flexible with your dates. In the chart above you’ll see that flying on the holiday itself and returning on Black Friday or the following Tuesday, 11/27 will save you over $200 versus returning on Sunday, 11/25. As long as you’re at the table in time for dinner, flying on the holiday is a great option for the price and the lack of crowds!  Follow @Travelocity’s Turkey Task Force on Twitter for live tweeting at the country’s 10 busiest airports!  Use #TTF!

Mexico Rebounds this Spring Break (Infographic)

A lot can change in one year. Just ask Mexico.

In March 2009, the slumping world economy and negative press surrounding the unrest along its border dealt a double blow to tourist destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose Cabo. People just weren’t heading to the beaches. The result: unbeatable deals to Mexico. This year, we’re seeing visitors take advantage of those low prices to return to the popular spring break spot. Cancun, for instance, jumped from the number 10 spring break spot last year to the number five spot this year.

Travelocity charted the rebound of Mexico, including what places are staging a comeback and how much travelers are paying to vacation there. We found that it’s one of only a few destinations where both airfare and hotel rates are down over last year, making package deals to Mexico a real bargain for travelers. Check out our infographic…